ASIA/INDIA - Appointment of Bishop of Kottapuram

Thursday, 30 November 2023

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Ambrose Puthenveettil, of the clergy of the diocese of Kottapuram, India, until now rector of Saint Antony’s Shrine, as bishop of the same diocese.
Msgr. Ambrose Puthenveettil was born on 21 August 1967 in Palliport, in the diocese of Kottapuram. He studied philosophy at Saint Peter’s Pontifical Institute in Bangalore and theology at the Collegium Canisianum in Innsbruck, Austria. He was awarded a licentiate in pastoral theology at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität in Innsbruck and a doctorate in missiology at the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome.
He was ordained a priest on 11 June 1995, for the diocese of Kottapuram.
He has held the following offices: secretary to the bishop (1995-1996); substitute at Saint Vincent Ferrer (1996); deputy parish priest of Saint Don Bosco (1996-1998); vice rector of the Saint Francis Assisi Major Seminary (1998-2001); deputy parish priest of Our Lady of Snow (2007-2008); professor at Saint Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary in Aluva (2008-2014); vice-rector of Saint Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary in Aluva (2014-2017); rector of Saint Antony’s Minor Seminary (2017-2019); parish priest of Saint Michael’s Catheral and vicar forane (2019-2022); and since 2022, rector of Saint Antony’s Shrine. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 30/11/2023)